The Delhi government’s decision in April to allocate its entire share of 299 MW power from central and its own four power stations to BYPL – one of the two private power distribution company (distcoms) run by Reliance Anil D. Ambani Group and which supplies power to east and central Delhi areas – has stirred up a hornet’s nest.
Peeved by the government’s decision, North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL) — the distcom run by the Tata’s have filed a petition before Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) seeking its share from the government’s unallocated quota.
In May this year, the government passed an order allocating 299 MW to BYPL till September 30 after BYPL expressed its inability to buy costly power from outside because of cash crunch.
In its petition filed on December 7, NDPL which distributes power to north and north-west has said that despite the government’s order expiring in September, the State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) has continued to schedule the 299 MW power to BYPL. This is not only illegal but it has also prevented NDPL from getting its due share in the unallocated quota power.
NDPL in its petition has pleaded that DERC should allocate 299 MW of unallocated power to NDPL in the same proportion, which was decided by the regulator in March this year.
According to this, of the 299 MW unallocated quota power, BYPL’s share was 27.24 per cent, BRPL’s (another distcom run by Reliance ADAG and which supplies power to south and west Delhi areas) share was 43.58 per cent and NDPL’s share was 29.18 per cent.
“NDPL has petitioned DERC to intervene in this matter as SLDC is scheduling the 299 MW power without any formal order,” said a power department official.
In its petition NDPL has also said that it should be reimbursed the entire amount that it incurred for buying costly power from outside on account of the government’s decision to allocate even NDPL’s share to BYPL.